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Mad Max Mountain Man

By Cam Mather Did you like that “alliteration?” Four “M’s” in a row! I wrote about seeing the movie “Chasing Ice” recently. I said that it is a powerful movie and it is. In fact it is changing my behavior. We didn’t get any snow here until December 21st. For the first 3 weeks of …

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Life With a Perpetual “Check Engine” Light

By Cam Mather When you drive older vehicles the “Check Engine” dashboard warning light becomes part of your reality. There have been occasions with certain warning lights that I’ve resorted to using electrical tape. Black electrical tape placed over top of a warning light makes it miraculously disappear! That only works for some things though. …

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My Recent Reality Checks

By Cam Mather Once again I’d like to thank everyone who reads and comments on the blog. Yesterday I had one of those personal epiphanies thanks to our reader Amy. She was commenting on the video blog that we posted about how our chickens had faired this winter. She wrote: “What a great video! I’m …

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That Little Voice in My Head

By Cam Mather I left my house the other night. Yup, it was a dangerous thing to do. ‘Cuz the voice that talks inside my head constantly gets just a little crazy when I’m out in the big scary world. Kind of like Travis Bickle from the movie “Taxi Driver” but without the guns. I …

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From Flat Tires to Newfound Friends

By Cam Mather I’ve often written about the people who show up at our door because we’re the only house on a 10 kilometer stretch of deserted road. We’ve always done what we can to help them. I’ve always contended that one day the shoe would be on the other foot, so I’d better go …

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Blueberry Man and the No Fly Zone

By Cam Mather My friend Steven Moore asked me to speak to several of his sustainability classes at Queen’s University last week. He asked for my “Thriving During Challenging Times” talk. When we were discussing what I should cover in my talk, he told me that his students were already aware of the converging challenges …

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Our Books and DVDs Make Great Gifts!

By Michelle Mather The readers of this blog have found us through many different ways; google searches, podcasts, news stories, etc. Many of our blog readers aren’t aware that we have published 7 books and produced 5 DVDs, so today I thought I’d describe our books and DVDs and suggest that if you are looking …

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Sunflower Farm Stopover for Wayward Travelers

By Cam Mather “Can I use your phone?” This is an expression we’ve heard often here at Sunflower Farm. Most often it comes from a stranded motorist. Since we are the only home in a 10 km (7 mile) stretch of road between the Kouris and the Gorters, we are a destination for wayward travelers. …

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It’s a Small World, Even Here in the Woods

By Cam Mather I live off the grid and try to be as independent as possible. I don’t like having to depend on others for things that are important to me. From my electricity to my heat to my food, I like to be in control. But having children has taught me that you can …

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The Peak Oil / Leisure Time Connection

By Cam Mather Sometimes I find myself making links between seemingly unrelated bits of information in my brain. This could be paranoid schizophrenia, or maybe just the way my brain works. Luckily I don’t hear voices… yet. Here’s my case in point. As someone who often criticizes activities that I think are harmful to the …

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